Protein is an important part of an athlete’s nutrition. It helps to rebuild and repair muscle, fuels your workouts and keeps your blood sugar stable. But if you have nut allergies, finding nut-free, on-the-go high-protein snacks can be difficult. Here are some options.
Jerky is normally low in carbs and high in protein. It also provides iron, an essential nutrient for endurance athletes. You no longer have to settle for shriveled gas station variety beef jerky. We’re in a jerky renaissance of sorts, with meats like pork, turkey and salmon flavored with spices, herbs and citrus. One of my favorite brands is Krave.
Somersaults are a sunflower seed-based snack full of flavor and crunch. They’re also high in protein, healthy fats and important vitamins and minerals.
For a good high-protein snack, just rinse a can of chickpeas, roast them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes and season them with cinnamon and paprika. Chickpeas are also high in manganese, a nutrient vital to energy production.
Pair string cheese with whole grain crackers for a balanced snack with the right mixture of protein, fats and carbohydrates to give you long-lasting energy.
A single cup of edamame has 17 grams of protein, plus lots of fiber and important nutrients like magnesium and iron.
Hard-boiled eggs are my favorite high-quality protein option. The yolk of the egg is high in nutrients like iron, calcium and zinc, which help keep your immune system strong. Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make and store so you can grab them for portable protein. For flavor, sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
Greek yogurt is high in protein and available in a wide variety of flavors. Mix in some fruit to make a protein-packed parfait.
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